There’s no shortage of reasons for the Ford F-150’s domination of the pickup truck segment through the years. For more than 30 years, it’s been the truck with the best looks, the best performance, and the best value. The F-150 is an American institution, and it is recognized all over the country as the definitive working vehicle.

This truck’s versatility can’t be undersold. The 2016 F-150 has a staggering list of features, standard and available, that make it a must-buy for anyone aspiring to truck-owning glory. We’ve taken the time to highlight some of our favorite features in the list below, so give it a look to see if you can find a reason to test drive a new F-150 at County Ford in Graham, North Carolina.

5 Standout Features of the 2016 Ford F-150

Aluminum Alloy Body

There was a big hubbub surrounding the launch of the newest F-150, and most of that attention was given to the all-new aluminum alloy body. No other manufacturer has dared to come out with an all-aluminum pickup truck, but Ford has pushed the F-150 into the future.

To be clear, the truck still rides on a fully-boxed frame made of high-strength steel. The cargo bed and all the panelling is made from aluminum alloy, though.

What makes aluminum so special? It’s lighter and more durable than the typical steel used to build other trucks.

How much lighter? The new F-150 weighs 700 lbs. lighter than the old one. The benefits are immediately noticeable.

  • Better fuel economy
  • Greater towing capacity
  • Greater payload capacity
  • Improved power-to-weight ratio
  • Faster acceleration
  • Enhanced handling
  • Enhanced braking response

And the best part? It won’t cost you any extra.

4 Engine Options

A good engine will make or break an owner’s bond with his truck, so it’s a good thing Ford is giving you 4 choices. That’s 4 opportunities to find an engine that fits your needs. We’ve taken the liberty of putting a table together that lists the specs on each engine.

(Maximum towing capacity for each engine assumes truck is properly equipped.)

2016 F-150 Engine Options 2.7L EcoBoost® V6 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 5.0L Ti-VCT V8
Horsepower 325 365 282 385
Torque 375 420 253 387
Max. Towing Capacity (lbs.) 8,500 12,200 7,600 11,100
EPA Fuel Economy (4×2) (city/hwy/combined mpg) 19/26/22 17/24/20 18/25/30 15/22/18
EPA Fuel Economy (4×4) (city/hwy/combined mpg) 18/23/20 16/22/18 17/23/19 15/21/17

Pro Trailer Backup Assist

One of the 2016 model’s most significant updates is an available Pro Trailer Backup Assist system. Helpful for towing novices and veterans alike, this feature can help anyone back a trailer into a tight spot.

This system takes the form of a knob on the center console. Unlike using a steering wheel when backing a trailer, you can turn the Pro Trailer Backup Assist knob in the direction you want the trailer to go, and it will go there. This simple improvement makes towing much more intuitive, and you’ll only find this feature on a Ford F-150.


Ford has continued to make improvements to its built-in infotainment system, and SYNC 3 is the best yet. Faster and more responsive, the latest version has improved voice recognition and a greatly improved touchscreen.

SYNC 3 is available for upgrade and comes with GPS navigation. It’s also fully compatible with Apple® CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. These features allow you to plug your smartphone directly into your truck so you can use the F-150’s capacitive touchscreen and voice activation to access your phonebook, music, and other supported apps.

Advanced Safety

Our last major selling point for the new F-150 is its full complement of safety features. As a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick and a 5-Star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA, there’s no doubt this is the safest Ford F-150 ever.

The high-strength steel frame and 31 safety-related innovations have a lot to do with this recognition, and the following standard and available features also contribute to your sense of ease riding in this truck.

  • Advanced restraint system with dual-stage airbags
  • Curve Control
  • Available inflatable rear safety belts
  • Standard AdvanceTrac with RSC
  • Standard trailer sway control
  • Available Forward Collision Warning

Find a 2016 Ford F-150 For Sale Near You

We’ve given you 5 reasons to come test drive a new F-150, and the good news is we have plenty in stock. Browse our new inventory for Ford Trucks and let us know if you find one you want to take for a spin.

County Ford is located in Graham, North Carolina, just outside of Burlington, and we’re proud to serve customers coming from Mebane, Chapel Hill, and as far away as Greensboro. Visit our dealership to experience outstanding customer service and a huge selection of new Ford vehicles. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.